Adding Oxygen to Booze Cuts Hangovers

Korean scientists say adding it lets drinkers sober up faster
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Adding Oxygen to Booze Cuts Hangovers
The researchers used the 20% strength spirit Soju for the study, and found that volunteers who drank the oxygen-rich variety suffered less the next day.   (?rtclauss)

Adding oxygen to alcoholic drinks lets you experience all the drunkenness with a fraction of the hangover, according to Korean researchers who presumably didn't have much trouble rounding up volunteers for their study. The scientists found that the extra oxygen helped the stomach function better, allowing the drinker to sober up faster and suffer less severe hangovers, Ars Technica reports.

The researchers used a brand of booze with oxygen bubbles added in much the same way soft drinks are carbonated; those who drank it got their blood alcohol level down about 30 minutes faster. They say that the research could help reduce alcohol-related accidents as well as making the next day a more painless experience for boozers, although the oxygen-rich alcohol maker's claim that it "helps clarify your brain, energizes your body cells, and maintains healthy and resilient skin" may be a bit of a stretch.
(Read more South Korea stories.)

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